Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 February 2011

400 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195393033

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Why Political Liberalism?

On John Rawls's Political Turn

Paul Weithman

Oxford Political Philosophy

  • The book draws very heavily on Part III of "Theory of Justice," a part of Rawls's magisterial first book that is too often neglected and misunderstood.
  • It shows that Rawls, both early and late, was moved by a precise, game-theoretic concern: that a just society would be destabilized by a generalized prisoner's dilemma.
  • The book provides a unified interpretation of Rawls's turn to political liberalism.
  • At crucial points, the interpretation draws some support from Rawls's recently published "Lectures in the History of Moral Philosophy" and "Lectures in the History of Political Philosophy."

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